• n. Significance within Jewish law.

  • n. Topic [of conversation] (Weiser, Glinert).

  • n. Matter (Steinmetz).

Example Sentences

  • "Is there an inyan to learn Torah on Motza'ei Shabbos?"

    "There is an inyan to pronounce each word clearly while praying."

  • "If you're making a chabura, I can show you some gemaros on the same inyan" (Weiser)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • Hebrew עניין inyan

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      inyyen, inien, inyen, 'inian, 'inyyan, inyyan, 'inyan, inian


  • Used in Modern Hebrew phrases such as, "ma ha'inyan", what's the matter; "ze lo inyankha", that's none of your business; or "inyani," practical.


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